Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips

Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips

As expected, we have a maximum field of 20 horses set to line up for the 2023 Lanzarote Hurdle, one of the best betting races of the winter.

2 miles, 5 furlongs is the trip for the race, featuring ten hurdles. At the time of writing the official going at Kempton was still soft, but the track is facing drying conditions all weekend which could play a crucial part.

We have a prize pot of a cool £100,000 for the race named in honour of former Champion Hurdler Lanzarote, a contest won last year by Cobblers Dream who is back for more. He doesn’t make our six-horse shortlist however, which starts with the topweight.

Main Contenders

Camprond

Philip Hobbs’ Camprond is one of those horses who is younger than we tend to think. Not officially seven until June, the JP McManus-owned gelding finished off last season with a fourth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham before winning at the Punchestown Festival.

That is excellent form and the chasing experiment didn’t work with him, so he’s interesting back over hurdles. He’s fit of course, but does have the burden of his big weight.

Dubrovnik Harry

This is another (official) seven-year-old trained by Harry Fry. A Yeats gelding, we can be sure he’ll stay the extra couple of furlongs being asked of him here having run third at Exeter on his first start after a breathing operation.

His only win also came at that track, though he was good considering the bad ground when third of 17 at Sandown in a Grade 3 back in March and we should be able to expect more from him now.

Green Glory 

The Irish-trained runner is only a young horse but he does have five hurdle outings under his belt and shouldn’t be particularly overawed.

He’s been improving nicely given time, enough in fact to have landed a competitive Leopardstown novice handicap hurdle just over two weeks ago and we should certainly expect another step forward to be taken now.

Outlaw Peter 

These colours, allied with the name of Paul Nicholls, have been seen beside many a good recent winner in the papers and their Outlaw Peter certainly stands a chance of winning this.

One of his two hurdle wins came at Kempton and both came on good ground, so while the course is a plus it may be a case of seeing what effect the wind has on the going before getting stuck into a horse like this.

If he handles whatever cut is in the ground, he can be considered a well-handicapped type.

Scarface

Scarface is an interesting one. He has won at Plumpton, but that was a very easy task, while his other win and all of his ‘quicker’ performances on the numbers have come at Ascot.

There is the thought that he performs better at Ascot than anywhere else, or perhaps just sees it out better than most up the hill, leaving us thinking that this flatter track may not be ideal.

Time will tell, but either way he could prove to be overpriced for each-way backers especially being on a hat-trick.

West Balboa

There may be some big days to come for Dan Skelton at places like Cheltenham and Aintree with horses like Protektorat. For now, there is this niggling thought that he is great at setting up big performances on Saturday betting races but isn’t prolific in the Grade One events.

Whether that’s fair or not, this is not a Grade One but it is the sort of race Skelton has been doing extremely well in this season.

West Balboa is his, a horse who has managed just three runs for the yard owing to some problems. His form on slightly quicker ground when demolishing his maiden field just over a year ago makes him look very well in, while he was stuck in the mud just a tad last time.

He’s fully fit now and raring to go, giving us the look of a horse that may be hard to beat.

Summary

The top horse Camprond still has plenty more to offer in big handicap hurdles, while Scarface is more than a little interesting if being able to get the job done at this track.

The one we can’t get away from however is Dan Skelton’s WEST BALBOA who may well just be very well handicapped for connections and is taken to score under Bridget Andrews.


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